The Fabricator®

May 2009
The FABRICATOR® is North America's leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry. The magazine delivers the news, technical articles, and case histories that enable fabricators to do their jobs more efficiently. The FABRICATOR has served the industry since 1971. Print subscriptions are free to qualified persons in North America involved in metal forming and fabricating.

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Selected articles from the May 2009 issue available online:

roll forming multiple gauges

Roll forming multiple gauges with precision

July 8, 2009

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Compensating for gauge changes in precision roll forming doesn't necessarily require significant investment. Spaces, the use of gauge spacers, and other technique can help when roll forming parts of multiple gauges.

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Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II - TheFabricator.com

Measurement, assembly, and welding: Ultra Tool's quest for in-die perfection: Part II

June 7, 2009

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Ultra Tool & Manufacturing launched a program to tackle sensor technology in an effort to errorproof the pressroom.

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steel fire door

Keeping the (fire) door open

May 14, 2009

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A manufacturer of fire doors, in the South Bronx grows a business through market diversification and automation, just a few miles north of some of the most expensive real estate on earth.

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usedleveler coilprocessing

5 process applications to tackle during a slow economy

May 12, 2009

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The decision to upgrade a section or an entire coil processing line involves plenty of intelligence gathering from the shop floor if the right decision is to be made.

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punching operation

Tooling organization means punching optimization

May 12, 2009

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Turret punch press uptime will increase if you know your process capability, manufacture products within that capability, and optimize the layout of your tooling. It also will increase if you optimize programming, design, and tooling. It also is important to maintain proper die clearance and alignment of the press station.

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heavy hauler trailers

Heavy hauling, heavy fabricating

May 1, 2009

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Ohio-based Diamond heavy-haul found efficiency in its cutting operations through nesting software by managing remnants and reducing scrap.

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Love of loft in 3-D CAD modeling

May 1, 2009

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Leaning to use the loft tool in 3-D CAD modeling takes some work, but it can come in handy in certain circumstances.

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